There’s nothing quite like speeding down a back country road with the wind in your face and if you chose one of the best stereos for your Harley, you’ll have tunes to go with your ride. Whether your Harley is new or old, a Road King or a chopper, picking the best stereo will give you hours in Hog Heaven. Get your motor running because we have some recommendations for you if you need some help finding that perfect tune package.
- Factory-Installed Advanced Audio System. New Harleys come equipped with this system. It’s a quality system with the ability to add-on features like a Road Tech HA90 Digital Music Player so you can listen to CDs on the AA System or load MP3 files onto memory cards to play through the HA90 player. For simplicity and guaranteed smooth lines on your Harley, the factory system is a great option.
- Road Tech Riser-Mount Radio. This little gem features waterproof speakers, an LCD screen and push button controls all right in front of you between the handlebars. It even comes with a “Bar and Shield” leather cover. The drawback is there’s no CD player or auxiliary port for an MP3 player. It has an AM/FM/Weather Band tuner, so if you just want to listen to the radio or check weather updates, this is a great, simple system for a bike that isn’t already radio-equipped.
- Turnkey Stereo Systems from Biketronics. Biketronics, one of biggest after-market stereo outfitters, offers complete “plug and play” stereo systems specifically designed for Harleys' Touring line. Their FLHT and FLHTC packages (for Electra Glide Classic and Street Glides) offer everything you need, including mounting brackets, waterproof speakers, AM/FM tuner, CD, and USB and a host of upgrades and add-ons available. You can add satellite radio, antennae or speaker upgrades. They have packages to fit 1988 to present Harleys and are perfect for the DIY-er.
If you want tunes for your Harley and these suggestions don’t inspire you or don’t seem quite what you need, you can custom build your own stereo system to suit your own tastes. Keep in mind, you want waterproof (not water resistant) speakers and components. You want quality speakers that perform well in high noise conditions. You can’t disregard quality construction. Marine stereos are an option for adaptation, but many marine stereo parts are plastic. Motorcycle stereo components like speakers and amplifiers should be constructed of metal to stand up to the abuse of riding the roads.